NBA legend Bill Russell was hospitalized for for dehydration last night and left early this morning. He confirmed his hospital stay on Twitter.
Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts, yes I was taken to the hospital last night & as my wife likes to remind me I don’t drink enough. On my way home & as most my friends know I don’t have a heart to give me trouble @NBA @celtics @TMZ @TMZLive @NBAonTNT @MSNBC @YahooSports— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) May 19, 2018
An ambulance was called to Russell's Seattle home last night. According to TMZ, he was experiencing "heart trouble and shortness of breath."
Bill Russell is 84 years old, and is an 11-time champion, and five-time NBA MVP with the Boston Celtics.
Thoughts and prayers for a full recovery go out to Mr. Bill Russell Boston Celtics #6 Off the court, he has been one of the leading advocates for civil rights in the sports world, including his support for Muhammad Ali after he refused induction into the U.S. Army and his participation in the 1963 March on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr. During the 1950s and 1960s, Russell regularly spoke out against racial injustice, despite backlash from white Boston residents.
Last year, Russell posted a photo of himself that went viral taking a knee in support of NFL players protesting.