The Trinidadian reportedly informed manager Mark Hughes via text message that he would be absent for Stoke's 5-3 home defeat to Liverpool, resulting in a fine and omission from the squad for their next fixture.
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"Nobody from [Stoke] can say I was a miscreant, disrespectful or even on strike as they would like to put it," he told The South Wales Evening Post.
"The main reason [for the stand] was for my voice to be heard because they didn't want to pay attention to me. That's all I needed. I didn't want to disrupt the squad, disrespect the manager or anything.
"Clubs have to come out, say what they have to and keep fans onside. I have no problem with that. My thing is I am happy. In the end I got heard and I am here in Cardiff now.
"I made the decision to sign for Cardiff because I want to play football. It was nothing to do with money or status. I wanted to play and wasn't getting a chance [at Stoke].
"At my age I am supposed to be enjoying my football. When the chance came along to sign for Cardiff I made a decision to come down."