Ariz. sheriff shocked by George Lopez's profane comments against him

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05: Actor George Lopez arrives at Fox's "Take Me Out" Speed Dating Event at South Restaurant & Bar on June 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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George Lopez arrives at Fox's "Take Me Out" evemt on June 5, 2012 in Los Angeles.
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(CBS/AP) Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio says he's shocked by comedian George Lopez's profanity-laced tirade against him.

Lopez made the comments about the top police officer in Maricopa County during the debut of his solo stand-up special, "George: It's Not Me, It's You," which aired Saturday on HBO.

Arpaio says he had been watching the show but changed the channel before Lopez directed curse words at him. The sheriff, known for his tough stance on illegal immigration, says he was shocked that the comments weren't part of a joke.

Ina Treciokas, a publicist for Lopez, says the comedian would have no further comment.

The sheriff is the target of several lawsuits, including one going to trial Thursday that accuses his department of racially profiling Latinos.