Just as Saint Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, the security team at Madison Square Garden is stomping out paraphernalia that opposes James Dolan's ownership of the New York Knicks.
Some attendees at the Knicks' St. Patrick's Day matinee against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers found that out when arena staff quickly relieved them of t-shirts bearing a special holiday-themed message:
Dolan, whose team has made the playoffs just six times since the turn of the millennium, has experienced a rocky relationship with the Knicks faithful and the city of New York.
Incidents have included Dolan feuding with beloved former player Charles Oakley, barring detractors in the New York media from attending team press conferences, and permanently banning a fan who shouted "sell the team" at a recent game.
Meanwhile, the Knicks' current .188 winning percentage would be the worst season mark in franchise history. New York will have to go at least 4-9 over its final 13 outings to match its current low watermark of 17-65, set during the 2014-15 season.