The grudge Tony Sparano held after the Dolphins’ surreptitious courting of Jim Harbaugh in early 2011 “damaged the whole organization,” owner Stephen Ross said on Dan Le Batard’s show on 790 The Ticket on Friday afternoon.

Appearing as a guest to talk about the future of Sun Life Stadium, Ross instead revisited the Dolphins’ recent past.

He spoke in detail about the fractious relationship between Sparano and Ross and Jeff Ireland. Things, not surprisingly, went south once word leaked that the Dolphins owner flew to California’s Bay Area to interview Harbaugh, even with Sparano still under contract.

Harbaugh ultimately took San Francisco’s top job; Ross believes he was used by Harbaugh’s camp for leverage purposes.

Even still, the damage with Sparano was irreparable. He was fired late the following season.

“He could never put it behind him,” Ross said. “I don’t think he was the right head coach for the Miami Dolphins. I didn’t hire him. We’re a much better organization today than then.”