What's buzzing:

NBA legend Bill Russell cited for loaded gun at Seattle airport

Reuters
Celtics' legend Russell stands with his Presidential Medal of Freedom during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Los Angeles
.

View photo

Boston Celtics' legend Bill Russell stands with his Presidential Medal of Freedom during the NBA All-Star …

(Reuters) - NBA legend Bill Russell was cited on Wednesday for having a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, federal and airport officials said on Saturday.

Transportation Security Administration officials found a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in a male passenger's carry-on bag on Wednesday evening, according to a TSA spokeswoman. The man was traveling to Boston.

An airport spokesman, in a recorded telephone message, identified the passenger as Russell, the 79-year-old National Basketball Association Hall of Famer, who lives in the Seattle area.

The TSA spokeswoman said the gun contained six rounds. TSA contacted Port of Seattle police, who cited Russell for having a weapon in a prohibited area, a state violation, the airport message said. The firearm was confiscated, and Russell was released.

Firearms are prohibited in carry-on baggage. They may be carried unloaded in checked baggage and stored in a locked, hard-sided container, according to the TSA.

A representative for Russell could not be reached for comment.

Russell had been a star with the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 60s, and was named NBA most valuable player five times. He later served as coach of the Seattle SuperSonics during the 1970s.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Editing by Eric Beech)

View Comments (151)
  • Block By Johnson

    Block By Johnson

    Wesley Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers meets blocks a shot off the backboard. … More »

    NBA.com - 32 minutes ago
  • Rockets vs. Wizards

    Rockets vs. Wizards

    John Wall records 25 points and 12 assists for Washington, but James Harden's 24-points leads the Rockets over the Wizards. … More »

    NBA.com - 41 minutes ago
  • Brown Goes Baseline For The Slam

    Brown Goes Baseline For The Slam

    Joe Johnson finds Markel Brown who drives baseline and rises up for the one-handed slam. … More »

    NBA.com - 45 minutes ago
  • Bucks-Hawks Preview

    The visiting team has taken all three matchups between the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks this season. … More »

    AP - Sports - 45 minutes ago
  • Williams To Lopez For The And 1

    Williams To Lopez For The And 1

    Deron Williams finds Brook Lopez in the paint and Lopez finishes with a layup while drawing the foul. … More »

    NBA.com - 56 minutes ago