Of course, the 'Skins are far ahead of the San Diego Chargers in the matter of image. The dirty Charger linen is flapping again, with Dr. Arnold Mandell testifying in the hearing at which his California medical license is at stake that he lied to protect club owner Eugene Klein. Psychiatrist Mandell served as an unpaid observer and consultant to the NFL team 1972-74 and stands accused of prescribing excessive amphetamines for Charger players during the 1973 season. Mandell said at the administrative hearing that during a 1976 news conference on the issue (he came out with a book, "The Nightmare Season"), he told "one dramatic lie - that lie was that Harland Svare (coach in '73) and Gene Klein were not aware of what was going on with regard to my participation in treating drug problems among the players." Mandell's version is that he actually was working to reduce, not accelerate pill-popping by the football team. In 1974, commissioner Pete Rozelle fined the Charger management $25,000, put eight players on probation for violating league drug policy, and ordered Mandell away from the club. Klein and Svare testified at the current hearing that until informed by the league in 1974, they were unaware Mandell was prescribing amphetamines to their players.