OJ Simpson's father was gay and Nicole Brown came home with ripped jeans after 'forceful' first date reveals explosive new documentary OJ: Made In America By Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com18:27 11 Jun 2016, updated 14:21 12 Jun 2016 WARNING: SPOILER ALERT OJ Simpson's father Jimmy Lee was a gay man according to two childhood friends of the former football star Jimmy Lee left the family when his son was four leaving wife Eunice to raise their four children as a single mother in the San Francisco projects The premiere episode also reveals details about Simpson's first date with Nicole Brown, who he met when he was 30 and she was 18 Nicole's former roommate said she came home with ripped jeans because Simpson had been too forceful He gave her an autographed photo of himself soon after they met with the note: 'Dear Nicole, I Want Your Body!' Tonya Brown, Nicole's younger sister, said the two were so in love in the beginning, adding: 'And that's what makes this thing so sad' See more of the latest OJ Simpson news at www.dailymail.co.uk/oj The life of OJ Simpson, from his days growing up in the San Francisco projects and football glory years to the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and current incarceration, is explored in depth in the remarkable new documentary OJ: Made In America, which premiered at 9pm tonight on ABC. The five part series kicks off with a look at Simpson's early life and football career, first at the University of Southern California and then later with the Buffalo Bills. WARNING: SPOILER ALERT And thanks to interviews with people who were closest to him at the time, new details emerge about the man who has been famous for half a century, including the fact that his father Jimmy Lee Simpson was gay. The premiere episode explores the early days of his affair with Nicole as well, with her roommate recounting his concerns about their relationship after their first date. The documentary team even managed to somehow get the autographed photograph of himself that Simpson gave Nicole around this time, on which he wrote: 'Dear Nicole, I Want Your Body!' Scroll down for video +12 OJ Simpson's father Jimmy Lee was a gay man according to two childhood friends of the former football star (Simpson at the Buffalo International Airport with his son Jason and Jimmy Lee in 1980) +12 The documentary team even managed to somehow get the autographed photograph of himself that Simpson gave Nicole around this time, on which he wrote: 'Dear Nicole, I Want Your Body!' ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads +12 Jimmy Lee left the family when his son was four leaving wife Eunice to raise their four children as a single mother in the San Francisco projects (Eunice and Jimmy Lee on the field at Rich Stadium for their son's induction into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame 1980) +12 Simpson has been famous for half a century, ever since his college days at USC (Simpson returns to Rich Stadium for his induction into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame in 1980) Calvin Tennyson, one of Simpson's childhood friends, talked about the day he first learned Jimmy Lee was gay during a trip to the man's apartment. 'One day we went over to his dad's house, and we knocked on the door,' said Tennyson, who added that Simpson kept looking at him while they were waiting for Jimmy Lee. 'And when his dad opened the door, he was in a bathrobe, which is not a crime. But then his dad kind of opened the door more, and there was a guy in the back in a bathrobe too. So it was obvious that his dad was gay.' Tennyson did not speak about whether or not he talked to either of the man inside the residence or share any further details of the meeting, but did recount his trip home with Simpson. 'We left and on the way back we were quiet because it was so much tension. We got to this certain point and we both bust out laughing,' said Tennyson. Tennyson would later tell Joe Bell, another friend of Simpson, about Jimmy Lee's sexuality. 'Man, did you know that OJ's dad is a punk,' Lee recalled Tennyson telling him one day. 'And I was like, "Man, shut up. I don't want to hear that." 'Back in our day that was the worst thing in the world that you could ever think about. An African-American man being a homosexual.' The interviewer then cut in, something that he had not done at any point prior in the episode, and asked; 'You ever talk to OJ about this' 'Nope,' said Bell 'Never,' asked the interviewer. Bell just shook his head and said: 'I felt like that issue was enough for [Simpson] to deal with himself.' Jimmy Lee left the family when Simpson was four, forcing his wife Eunice to raise their four children as a single mother. He stayed in his son's life though, and was there for many of his biggest accomplishments on the football field. Jimmy Lee died in 1986. +12 Shocking new revelations are made about Simpson in the new documentary OJ: Made in America(Simpson with wife Marguerite in the backyard of their Amherst, New York townhouse 1973) +12 Nicole Brown and OJ Simpson +12 Nicole Brown and OJ Simpson +12 Nicole's former roommate said she came home with ripped jeans because Simpson had been too forceful (Simpson and Nicole leaving Stellini's Restaurant in Beverly Hills in 1981) This Video is not authorized for playback on this device. The other startling revelation has to do with Simpson's love affair with Nicole, and how quickly the two became serious after meeting in 1977 at the exclusive Beverly Hills hotspot The Daisy. His friend Thomas McCollum III recalled their first trip their, and the first time the then 30-year-old Simpson saw Nicole, who was still a teenager. 'He was married to Marguerite at that time, but as we're sitting there this gorgeous little surfer blonde is waiting tables at the lunch hour,' said McCollum. 'OJ goes, "Wow, who's that?" And Nicole came over and she said hello and she didn't walk ten feet away and he looks right at [owner of The Daisy] Jack Hanson and says: "I'm going to marry that girl." David LeBon was Nicole's roommate in Los Angeles at the time and said he was shocked at how quick it was happened, and the state his friend came home in after her first date with the former football star. 'She was 18-years-old. She had just graduated from high school. She was like my little sister,' said LeBon. 'She goes, "I met this man and his name is OJ Simpson." 'They went out and I waited up for them. She got home and it was like 2:00 in the morning and her jeans were ripped and I went "what happened?" 'And she goes, "well, he was a little forceful". And I go "Nicole, why would you let him on a first date be a little bit forceful?"' He went on to say that Nicole told him that she really liked Simpson. 'That was the start of it,' said LeBon. +12 Simpson's charm over both his friends and women is detailed in the documentary (Simpson signs autographs after practice outside Rich Stadium circa 1975) +12 The documentary will air in five parts beginning Saturday night on ABC at 9pm before moving to ESPN where it will air at the same time on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (Simpson celebrating at at Mulligan's Nightclub in Buffalo in 1980) Two days later LeBon said that Nicole told him Simpson was buying her a car and getting her an apartment. 'I went, "Nicole, think about this." You know he's married and has children. And she goes, "but I think I really like this guy." 'It was that fast,' said LeBon. '18-years-old. I mean, it was too young.' The final person to speak during the first episode was Nicole's sister Tanya Brown, who spoke about just how in love her older sibling was with this man who was unknown to them despite his fame. 'We didn't know who he was. We're girls in the Brown house. We didn't grow up with football, we went to the beach,' said Tanya. 'We were like, "who are you?"' She then added: 'They had a real love affair these two. When they were together it was just love. 'And that's what makes this thing so sad.' The documentary will air in five parts beginning Saturday night on ABC at 9pm before moving to ESPN where it will air at the same time on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.