Bill Russell arrested and released after bringing a gun to a

Bill Russell arrested and released after bringing a gun to a

Postby Basketball Fan on Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:48 pm

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Report: NBA legend Bill Russell arrested and released after bringing a gun to Seattle airport

NBA legend Bill Russell was arrested on Friday after bringing a handgun into a prohibited area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The details, from KIRO in Seattle:

Russell, who won 11 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics and coached the Seattle Supersonics and Sacramento Kings, had a permit for the gun and was released. His background check was clear, an airport spokesman said.

Russell’s .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun was found at a security checkpoint Wednesday evening during routine screening of carry-on baggage, TSA spokeswoman Lori Dankers said in a statement. Russell was cited by Port of Seattle police on a state charge, she said. …

In addition to facing local or state criminal charges, TSA will levy a civil penalty against a passenger who brings a firearm to the security checkpoint, Dankers said. The recommended civil penalty ranges from $3,000 to $7,500, but each penalty is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, she said.

The key details here are obviously the fact that Russell had a permit for the weapon, and that he was released shortly following his arrest. Russell is 79 years of age, so it’s quite possible that he may not have been fully up to speed on all of the latest airport security procedures.

Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975, Russell is set to have a statue unveiled in Boston on November 1.
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Postby therealdeal on Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:50 am

The hell was he thinking? :man3:
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:27 pm

therealdeal wrote:The hell was he thinking? :man3:

That's just it, he wasn't. Maybe he thought he was an exception to the rule given that he won that Citizen award from Obama. I don't have a clue...
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Re: Bill Russell arrested and released after bringing a gun to a

Postby XXIV on Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:54 pm

Definitely a strange headline. I agree with Battle Tested in that he probably thought the rules were different for him.
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Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:29 pm

I was surprised to read that there are MANY people who try to bring a gun on an airplane. Most of them just get told to check it in with their other luggage, although some have their guns confiscated. It's a lot more common than what we sane people would think.
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Postby purp n gold on Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:10 am

I hope the lapse in judgement was a "senior moment"
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Re: Bill Russell arrested and released after bringing a gun to a

Postby Basketball Fan on Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:55 am

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/98542 ... gun-arrest

Bill Russell releases apology

NBA legend Bill Russell has apologized for his arrest last week at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on luggage.


"Before boarding my flight from Seattle to Boston, I had accidentally left a legal firearm in my bag," Russell said in a statement. "I apologize and truly regret the mistake.

"I was issued a citation by the TSA, whose agents couldn't have been more thorough and professional when dealing with this. I really appreciate their efforts to keep air travel safe."

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.
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Re: Bill Russell arrested and released after bringing a gun to a

Postby therealdeal on Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:04 am

I actually think this could have been a senior moment.
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:24 pm

therealdeal wrote:I actually think this could have been a senior moment.

Yep, I also do believe him when he says he just simply forget it was in his bag
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Postby purp n gold on Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:01 pm

Hope it's true. I admire the man, even if he is one of "those guys"
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Postby Weezy on Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:20 pm

therealdeal wrote:I actually think this could have been a senior moment.


This was my first thought. He's 79, he probably just forgot, I'm surprised he doesn't have somebody with him to help him with stuff like that.
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Postby Helljumper on Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:52 pm

I read this thread before I went to sleep. Ended up having a dream where Bill Russel burglarized my house and held me at gunpoint and his "senior moment" at the airport was just a facade. :man10:
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