adidas predator green Bill Russell Fast Facts
His older brother was playwright Charlie L.
February 2011 Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
October 2011 Joins other players in a class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company for using their likenesses in a videogame without permission or compensation.
October 16, 2013 Is arrested for bringing a loaded .38 caliber Smith Wesson handgun to Sea Tac International Airport in Seattle. He is issued a state citation and released.
November 1, 2013 A bronze statue of Russell is unveiled on Boston City Hall Plaza. The statue is erected by the Bill Russell Legacy Project, which also developed the Bill Russell Mentoring Grant Program.
May 31, 2014 Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company finalize a $40 million settlement with Russell and other college athletes in the class action lawsuit. The NCAA remains as the sole defendant.