NBA legend Bill Russell cited for having a gun at airport
The gun was found in Russell's carry-on bag at a TSA security checkpoint. While guns are allowed on checked baggage if unloaded and declared at check-in, they are not allowed in any capacity in carry-on baggage.
Russell does have a permit for the gun. His background check was clear and he was released, according to an airport spokesman.
Whether we ever find out or not, there's probably some explanation. Maybe he just forgot the gun was in his bag, although how exactly does one forget where something like that is? Still, this was likely just a dumb, and odd, mistake, and we'll see what consequences Russell ends up facing.