NBA legend Bill Russell arrested, released after bringing loaded gun through airport security

NBA legend Bill Russell was held by officials at the Seattle-Tacoma international airport last Wednesday.

Transportation Security Authority inspectors found a 38-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun in Russell's carry-on bag.

The 79-year-old lives in the Seattle area and was traveling to Boston, when he was cited for having the weapon in a prohibited area.

ESPN reports the gun was loaded. Airline passengers can travel with firearms, but it is only permitted in checked baggage.

The firearm was confiscated and Russell was released.

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