Celtics legend Bill Russell speaks out on Trump’s epithet

Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell.
Bill Russell. –Jack Plunkett / AP, File

Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell spoke out forcefully Friday against President Donald Trump’s reported use of the word “shithole” to describe immigration from countries affected by natural disasters and other devastation.

Russell, long an outspoken advocate for civil rights, said on Twitter that the Africans who first arrived on US shores were brought here against their will.