George Lopez Explains Arrest for Public Intoxication with a Joke

UPDATED 02/28/2014 at 06:30 PM EST Originally published 02/28/2014 at 04:25 PM EST

George Lopez Explains Arrest for Public Intoxication with a Joke
George Lopez
George Lopez was arrested for public intoxication on Thursday after passing out on the floor of a casino in Canada.

But the comedian jokes in a statement to PEOPLE that he has a perfectly good explanation. "Tied one on last night. Not feeling great this morning," he says. "I was trying to sleep it off, unfortunately, it was on the casino floor."

Police were called to Caesars Windsor by security guards and arrested the comedian inside the casino bar. "We can confirm that at 11:25 p.m. Windsor police officers received custody of a male from the OPP Casino Enforcement Unit," a spokesperson for Windsor Police tells PEOPLE. "The male was subsequently released with no charges."

In a Twitter photo that surfaced afterward, a man reported to be Lopez was shown lying on the floor of the casino.

The 52-year-old, who stars in the new FX show Saint George, had performed at the casino earlier in the evening and is scheduled to do another show Friday night.

The star underwent a kidney transplant in 2005.

Reporting by JULIE JORDAN

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