Report: Bill Russell cited for bringing a gun inside an airport

Hall of Famer Bill Russell, 79, has a permit, but his firearm was in a prohibited area.(USATSI)

NBA legend and Hall of Famer Bill Russell was cited at a Seattle airport for bringing a handgun into a prohibited area, according to KIRO 7 in Seattle

Russell, 79, had a permit for the firearm and was released. 

Russell had a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun that was discovered in his carry-on baggage at a security checkpoint. The TSA can fine individuals for such offenses with a suggested penalty of $3,000 to $7,500, though each situation is evaluated on a "case by case" basis, an airport spokesperson said in the report. 

Russell, an 11-time NBA champion, lives on Mercer Island, a city roughly a mile from Seattle. 

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