Squid Game The Challenge’s TJ (Player 182): Pro Basketball Career, TikTok, IG, Wife, Family, More

Squid Game The Challenge's TJ (Player 182): Pro Basketball Career, TikTok, IG, Wife, Family, More

Squid Game The Challenge‘s retired professional basketball player and now coach TJ Stuckes (Player 182) came in clutch for his fellow team members in the third game, War Ships. TJ as the team captain managed to sink two battle ships on the other team’s side without letting any of his teammates get eliminated because he saved a ship just in the nick of time. Mom-son duo LeAnn Wilcox Plutnicki and Trey Plutnicki owe TJ many thanks for saving them since they were on the ship that almost sank. So, who’s Squid Game The Challenge‘s TJ (Player 182)?

“When I retired from basketball I was making a very good check week to week. And my wife Sam is our saving grace ’cause she had a hold of my money and I was like, ‘Yo, just do what you gotta do.’ And when I fully retired I understood the troubles and the daily worries about money. And she humbled me a lot about that. We do have money troubles sometimes, and our time will come when we will be financially rich. Yet, you have to be morally rich first to truly appreciate the financially rich, and Sam taught me that,” TJ explained about his life as a professional athlete.

TJ also explained how he grew up having to brave in the hoods of Bronx, New York.

“When there was a shootout in my old hood, and I jumped on top of my little sister. Just instinctively, I didn’t even think about it. And uh, uh, you know, people calling me an idiot. ‘You an idiot! Why’d you do that? Why did you do that?’ Like, I didn’t have no explanation. And then, you know, seeing violence happen in front of me, and I jump in front of people, you know, because I’m bring and strong, and I know I can handle myself, and I know I can protect people. And I know I can fight for people. You know, I’ve done it so many times, I, I, I can’t even count. Bravery is something that’s a true part of who I am.”

He was also raised in Mount Vernon.

TJ with his wife and mother of his kids Samantha Stucke

TJ with his wife and mother of his kids Samantha Stucke (Instagram).

Squid Game The Challenge‘s TJ (Player 182): Basketball Career, TikTok, Instagram, Wife, Family, Height, Age, More

TJ and Sam back in the day

TJ and Sam back in the day (Instagram).

TJ’s Instagram reveals he’s been happily married for eleven years to his wife Samantha Stuckes. They celebrated their eleven year anniversary in June. The two also have two children, older son Amare (age 13), and younger daughter Alana, who’s being trained to be a future basketball star.

@tjstukes

Bonus part of #storytime man i had fun making these videos and maybe ill post the in betweens someday!! Peace and love #battlegrounds #nike #chicago #newyork #nyc #basketball #nycbasketball #bengordon #lebronjames #andreiguodala #foryoupage #fyp @nike @patbevpod @nba @mtv

? original sound – Tj Stukes

TJ had a very successful career playing for the Harlem Wizards, a famous team of basketball players who play trick shots and entertain crowds around the country, especially kids. Since retiring earlier this year, TJ now works as a coach for Northern New Mexico College men’s team and women’s team alongside his wife.

TJ and the rest of his Harlem Wizrads team

TJ and the rest of his Harlem Wizrads team (Instagram).

Sadly TJ's dog passed away earlier this year, but lived a long life, dying at 15

Sadly TJ’s dog passed away earlier this year, but lived a long life, dying at 15 (Instagram).

TJ's wife Sam and her college basketball team she coaches

TJ’s wife Sam and her college basketball team she coaches (Instagram).

TJ is no stranger to the camera. He appeared on an episode of game show Beat The Cube (TBS) with former NBA star Dwayne Wade as the host.

Not only that, back in the day, TJ was one of the players on the winning NYC team in the epic Nike Battlegrounds street basketball competition hosted by Lebron James back in the early 2000s. He’s also acted in Adam Sandler’s Netflix film Hustle and appeared in an Adidas commercial. The gentle giant’s height is 6’8″ and he weighs 244 pounds.

TJ’s TikTok shows he’s a huge anime, movie, sneaker and video game fan. He also likes to share tips and tricks for basketball players, too, on his social media. TJ and his family now live in Texas. Fans of TJ can check out this extensive interview with TJ Stucke here.

@tjstukes

In todays #tricktutorial its the shoulder roll!! Its a difficult trick but 5 minutes a day you can get it!! @UpToTASK follow him for news and updates to your fav media and check out @Eli for his amazing drawings!! #foryoupage #fyp #capcut #basketball #tricks #tutorials #comics #leadersofthefreeworld

? original sound – Tj Stukes

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