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Bill Russell releases statement apologizing for handgun incident at Seattle airport

Oct 20, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

Bill Russell, David Stern AP

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

All of the details make it seem like this was nothing more than an honest mistake — the 79-year old was stopped after security officials found a handgun in his carry-on bag, but Russell had a permit for the weapon and was released after receiving a citation.

Russell released a statement publicly apologizing for the incident.

From Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe:

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

And that, as they say, is that.

Russell is set to be honored by the Celtics with a statue unveiling on November 1.

  1. 00maltliquor - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    You don’t have to apologize to us, Bill.

    But you don’t “accidentally” leave a gun, registered or not, in you’re luggage. You knew about it homes. Fess up.

  2. 32magicman - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Bullisht! He was gonna hijack that plane and fly it into the staples center!

  3. meyeshua - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Makes you wonder where else his guns are stashed that he can’t remember.

  4. serialthri11a - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    79 Year old with gun, damn didnt think it could get an more dangerous than some 79 year olds with their drivers license stll.

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