Mumford & Sons’ Winston Marshall Quits Band After Book Controversy

I remain sincerely sorry for that. Unintentionally, I had pulled them into a divisive and totemic issue."photosMusicians Performing Live on StageWhile the group's members invited him to stay, Marshall announced in March that he was temporarily "taking time away from the band," apologizing for offending "not only a lot of people I don't know, but also those closest to me."
In his recent Medium message, Mashall wrote that "commenting on a book that documents the extreme Far-Left and their activities is in no way an endorsement of the equally repugnant Far-Right." As for his decision to permanently leave the band, he expressed his hope that in "distancing myself from them I am able to speak my mind without them suffering the consequences."
"I leave with love in my heart and I wish those three boys nothing but the best," he added. The move comes about three months after Marshall received backlash for praising Andy Ngo, the conservative writer who penned Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, in a tweet. class=”article-detail__title article-detail__title–speakable”>Mumford & Sons' Winston Marshall Quits Band After Book ControversyThree months after Winston Marshall announced he was "taking time away from the band," the banjo player has made the decision to leave the group permanently.By Elyse Dupre Jun 24, 2021 7:33 PMTagsMusicCelebritiesWatch: Mumford & Sons' Banjoist Taking Time Off After ControversyUPDATE: Winston Marshall is officially leaving Mumford & Sons. "The distress brought to them and their families that weekend I regret very much. The 33-year-old musician tweeted the announcement on Tuesday, March 9. "I have offended not only a lot of people I don't know, but also those closest to me, including my bandmates and for that I am truly sorry. The musician announced the news in a message posted to Medium on June 24. "Posting about books had been a theme of my social-media throughout the pandemic," Marshall recalled. As a result of my actions, I am taking time away from the band to examine my blindspots. "I believed this tweet to be as innocuous as the others. I apologize, as this was not at all my intention."
Marshall did not specify how long he'd be away from the band.David Becker/Getty Images for iHeartMedia "Over the past few days, I have come to better understand the pain caused by the book I endorsed," Marshall said in a statement. For now, please know that I realize how my endorsements have the potential to be viewed as approvals of hate, divisive behavior. How wrong I turned out to be." 
Looking back, Marshall remembered receiving "tens of thousands of angry retweets and comments." And while the band consisted of four members, the banjo player noted it's singer Marcus Mumford's "name on the tin."
"That name was being dragged through some pretty ugly accusations, as a result of my tweet," he continued. "I have no doubt that their stars will shine long into the future."

Winston Marshall is taking a break from Mumford & Sons. The news comes after Marshall received backlash for praising Andy Ngo, the conservative writer of the book Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.