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NBA legend Bill Russell was arrested this week at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on luggage.
The Transportation Security Administration says airport police arrested Russell on Wednesday night at a security screening after agents noticed a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol in his carry-on bag.
TSA spokeswoman Lori Dankers says Russell was turned over to Port of Seattle police and cited on a state charge of having a weapon in a prohibited area. Russell had a permit for the gun, which was loaded with six rounds and confiscated, and he was released, according to Dankers.
Airline passengers are permitted to travel with firearms only in checked baggage. They must be stored properly and unloaded.
I’m curious why 79-year-old Bill Russell is traveling with a loaded gun. Did Russ forget the gun was in his bag or is he facing some sort of threat?
We’ll likely never get the truth from the highly private Russell. I hope everything is okay in his world.
In other news, the Celtics might go without a captain this season for the first time in 63 years:
Stevens reaffirmed that, unless league rules require a captain, he’d prefer to not name one. That’s just his style. During his time at Butler, he only named captains twice. In his first season at the helm (2007-08) he designated his five seniors (Julian Betko, Pete Campbell, A.J. Graves, Mike Green and Drew Streicher) as captains, and four years later he tabbed Ronald Nored — whom he brought to Boston to be part of the player-development staff — and Garrett Butcher to captain the 2011-12 team.
But Stevens firmly believes that leaders naturally lead and that there doesn’t need to be a formal designation for everyone to know that Rondo is the one guiding this Celtics squad.
I’m not a fan of this decision. While I understand Steven’s logic for not naming captains, it doesn’t apply in this case.
Everyone knows Rondo is the leader of this team. Stevens gushes about his leadership qualities.
This decision can only have a negative impact. 1) It creates a mini controversy for the media and 2) could be the beginning of a riff between Rondo and Stevens.
If Pervis Ellison is good enough to be a Celtics captain, then so is Rajon Rondo.
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