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Bill Russell

ARRESTED

For Packin' Heat at Airport

10/19/2013 12:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Legendary NBA player Bill Russell was arrested for taking a loaded gun through airport security.

The 11-time NBA champ was breezing through security at Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle Wednesday ... when a screener noticed something funny in his carry-on.  Turns out ... Bill was packin' a fully loaded, .38 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.

He could be fined up to $7,500.

Russell -- who became the first Black coach in the NBA -- got the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, courtesy of Barack Obama.

 We reached out to Russell for comment ... so far, no word back.

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Jah36    

So it seems as though he got the Medal of Freedom simply because he's black. Any other NBA coaches get a Medal of Freedom? That may be the case, I don't know. But what I do know is that Obama reveals his racism every so often...he just can't help himself. If he gave this man a Medal of Freedom simply because he's a "brother", well then, that's racist.

366 days ago
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Azi    

He must have been flying to Chicago.

366 days ago
3.

Scout    

Love him!

366 days ago
4.

HngBlkBtm    

He's old... He forgot.

366 days ago
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Marilyn    

Wow ... just went through Seattle security at the airport myself. I'm sure glad it wasn't when this happened!!

366 days ago
6.

static    

Damned tea-bagger gun nut.

366 days ago
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Buckaroobonzai    

anyone that becomes so complacent about a fire arm that they forget they even have it... well, 1) it should be permanently confiscated, 2) they should be labeled as a dangerous idiot who should not be allowed around children, 3) they should be publically shamed by every news station in the nation, 4) They should publically admit that they are a danger to society.

366 days ago
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Buckaroobonzai    

and ofcourse you have to ask, "Why do you carry a gun if you don't even know you have it?

366 days ago
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Toilethead    

What a dumbass.

366 days ago
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Ey76    

Just wondering where the president was when Chris Lane was killed by 3 black kids "for fun... I guess Chris couldn't have been "his son"....

366 days ago
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Lily Daisy    

He obviously has delusions of grandeur after having been singled out by "the one". Or perhaps he thinks that he is free to carry a loaded gun on a plane (can you even begin to believe it?!) because he did get the Medal Of Freedom award! LOL

366 days ago
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dierdre    

I met Bill Russell a few years back when I was a car rental agent in Boston, & I can tell you that he was the most bias S.O.B. I've ever met. He was very rude when people would ask him for his autograph. He thought he was better than anyone else. Couldn't stand him then, can't now. I'm so happy he got arrested.

366 days ago
13.

Stokanator    

Oh man that ships racist, ya'll know if he was white they totally would have just let him take that gun on that plane!!!

366 days ago
14.

D    

You go, Bill!!!!!!!!!!!

366 days ago
15.

Fred Farkel    

As an old fart myself - I will tell you that you simply just forget stuff.


Thank you

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