Bill Russell — Arrested For Carrying LOADED Gun at the Airport

Breaking News 1019_bill_russell_getttyLegendary 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.