For­mer arena boss to sue Devils’ Lamor­iello

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NE­WARK, N.J. — A for­mer Pru­den­tial Cen­ter ex­ec­u­tive has sued New Jersey Devils pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Lou Lamor­iello, claim­ing he jeop­ar­dized his liveli­hood by falsely ac­cus­ing him of run­ning the arena poorly.

Richard Krezwick, the for­mer pres­i­dent of Devils Arena En­ter­tain­ment, seeks $2.3 mil­lion in the law­suit filed this week in fed­eral court in New Jersey. The bulk of the amount is the wages Krezwick claims he lost when he was fired in Au­gust 2013, when the team and the Pru­den­tial Cen­ter were sold.

The suit al­leges that Lamor­iello re­sented Krezwick’s hir­ing in 2009 be­cause it scaled back the scope of Lamor­iello’s au­thor­ity to hock­eyre­lated mat­ters. It also al­leges Lamor­iello laughed as Krezwick’s re­place­ment was in­tro­duced and when other team ex­ec­u­tives were fired a few weeks later.

Krezwick also claims he was of­fered a four-year con­tract to be­come chief ex­ec­u­tive of MetLife Sta­dium — the home of the NFL’s New York Jets and Gi­ants — at a base salary of $700,000. But he said he turned down the of­fer when then-Devils owner Jeff Van­der­beek promised him a fu­ture mul­ti­year con­tract.

The Devils de­clined com­ment.

Lou Lamor­iello

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