Bill Russell was arrested earlier this week after his carry-on bag was found to contain a loaded hand-gun at Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle.
According to CNN, the NBA legend was issued a state citation for having a weapon on him within the prohibited area of the airport.
The site reports:
Russell was issued a citation and released. He had a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in a forbidden area of the airport, said Lisette Garcia, a Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman.
The gun was found during a screening of carry-on bags at a checkpoint, the TSA said.
“Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage. However, these items can be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process,” a TSA statement said.
Russell could also be potentially fined for up to 75,000 for carrying the illegal weapon in the airport, according to the TSA.
Stay tuned for more details.
SOURCE: CNN | PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY