The Jacksonville Sharks traveled to Columbus, GA in 2017 Championship Rematch. From the beginning of the game to the end, the relationship between both teams was very chipping. Throughout the game, there was pushing, shoving, and fighting that took place, and it even got to the point where players were taunting their opponents. In the fourth quarter, defensive back Marvin Ross for the Sharks was tossed from the game with 5:35 left in the game on a Double Unsportsmanlike conduct call. The arguments and smack talk was back and forth all game long; from the announcer yelling "overrated", to fans yelling in opposing players' ears, and even players talking to each other. At one point in the game two teammates got into an argument, which shows team chemistry is out of whack. The Columbus Lions won a great game 51-41 at home, getting their revenge after last year's loss vs the Sharks in the Championship Game.
After the game, it was reported that there was some over excessive conflict that went down in the parking lot. Sources are reporting that a Jacksonville Sharks player, which was later identified as WR/DL Leon Mackey, was arrested by Columbus Police Officers after his reckless activity in the parking lot took place. Reportedly, Mackey possessed a gun and fired shots in the parking lot during the altercation. The mayhem started taking place when a Lions player was walking to his car and exchanged some words with a Sharks player. Once words were exchanged, shots were fired, but no punches were thrown. When police arrived on scene the bus was searched and it was reported than drugs were found. There is a circulating rumor that two players were arrested for drug possession, but there has not been an official confirmation on who was arrested.