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Bill Russell arrested for gun in carry-on luggage

Celtics legend Bill Russell arrested. I didn't see that one coming.


I think this is about the last story that I would have expected to see come across the news wire, but apparently Bill Russell (set to have his statue unveiled soon) was arrested last night.

NBA legend Bill Russell arrested after Seattle airport security finds gun in carry-on bag - ESPN

The Transportation Security Administration says airport police arrested Russell on Wednesday night at a security screening after agents noticed a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol in his carry-on bag. TSA spokeswoman Lori Dankers says Russell was turned over to Port of Seattle police and cited on a state charge of having a weapon in a prohibited area. Russell had a permit for the gun, which was loaded with six rounds and confiscated, and he was released, according to Dankers.

Airline passengers are permitted to travel with firearms only in checked baggage. They must be stored properly and unloaded.

I'm not going to touch the political side of this story (and I urge you not to in the comments section).  I'll just hope that it was a case of packing the gun in the wrong suitcase (and I guess forgetting to unload it?).

Also, I'll provide the obligatory Sebastian Telfair reference and let you make of it what you want.

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