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Bill Russell


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. For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!

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