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Bill Russell arrested, released for allegedly carrying a handgun in luggage into a Seattle airport

Some news stories involving athletes make plenty of sense.

Bill Russell getting arrested, on the other hand? Nope. Nope nope nope. Does not compute.

From MassLive.com:

According to the Seattle news station, Russell was cited by Port of Seattle police on a state charge for allegedly bringing a handgun into a prohibited area. He has a permit for the .38-caliber Smith & Wesson, the station reported, but firearms are prohibited in carry-on baggage, where his handgun was found at a routine screening. The gun was confiscated and Russell was detained for about 30 minutes, according to the Boston Globe.

In addition to any criminal charges, the 79-year old is likely to see a civil penalty of between $3,000 to $7,500.

While trying not to speculate too much on a case we don’t know much about, this seems like a pretty clear case of a man forgetting what was in his carry-on bag. Russell would have been detained for much longer than half an hour if there was any malicious intent behind his actions and good lord did I just say “malicious intent” and “Russell’s actions” in the same sentence? Nothing makes sense anymore. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments with this story.

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  • Somehow, I can see him explaining this away something like this: "I must finally be getting old. My mind isn't as sharp as it used to be if I forgot that was in there."

  • hax

    Pretty bad to be forgetting(if that's what it was) that you have a loaded revolver on you.