King 5 TV reporter Chris Daniels tweeted the news Friday night and noted that Russell had a loaded .38 caliber gun in his carry-on bag. KIRO-TV adds that the gun was found at a routine security checkpoint inside the airport.
KIRO says Russell had a permit for the gun and was released.
Firearms can be transported if the traveler declares them to the airline ahead of time. Russell failed to do so.
Russell won a record 11 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics. The NBA Finals MVP award is named after him. He lives in Mercer Island, which is east of Seattle.
Russell’s shocking arrest for packing heat at the airport led to this classic meme created by Hempstead Huddle, who photoshopped Russell into Ice Cube in “Boyz N the Hood”:
— JerseyChaser (@jerseychaser) October 19, 2013