I can see how this went.
Zygi sees the team under performing. He tells Childress to call a veteran meeting to tell them to step up and become more vocal leaders or some crap like that.
In meeting Childress says "we have to make the most of this year because some of you won't be back next year" (looking at Pat and Brett). One player says the meeting was kind of awkward to a reporter and mentions what Childress said. Whole thing is blown out of proportion by the media and suddenly there is another schism in the locker room. This is how the media works. They want things to be juicier than they really are.
FYI, Childress said "most" of you won't be back next year. Not "some". Jimmy K. & Winfield would be two others that could also fit into that mold.
I don't know how many veterans were there, but when you say "most", that typically means more than half, which IMO, would sound awkward to several of those veterans who aren't near retirement age & that's quite a damn chunk of the team.